Raising up a generation of African children of purity, passion, and purpose through family-based care and community transformation.
The mission of Michaels Childrens Village is to see orphans and children-at-risk transformed into sons and daughters within the love and security of a Christ-centered family. Orphanages play a vital role worldwide in housing vulnerable children. We believe that families play an even more imperative role! From creation, God has ordained the family (the home) as the most vital setting for physical, emotional, and spiritual development and growth.
Each house at MCV becomes home to 6-12 children who are identified by the local government welfare department and the MCV staff. The children are placed within a family unit with a Christian parental couple or widow. The house parents are carefully chosen from within the local churches and receive specialized training by the MCV staff and Social Services.
Michaels Childrens Village or Indzawo yaMikhayeli yebantfwana (in siSwati, our local language) was named by International director of Iris Ministries, Surprise Sithole, In 2008, after prayer walking the property, Surprise had a vision of the archangel Michael standing watch over the future children’s center. Greatly encouraged by the angelic activity over our village, we have dedicated the land to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom being established on earth as it is in heaven!
The dream for the children’s village began over 6 years ago in the heart of our International Director of Iris Ministries, Surprise Sithole. After planting a church and years of evangelism within the BackDoor/Mbonisweni area (poor, black township outside of Nelspruit), Surprise and his wife Tryphina recognized the vital need for a children’s center to take in the distressing number of orphaned, abandoned, and abused children within the community. Prayer warriors at the local church and worldwide began to pray into the dream of establishing a children’s center. In 2008, Iris secured funding through friends of Iris in America, UK, and Korea and the property for the childrens’ village was purchased! The Sitholes traveled to Pemba Moz to seek help in pioneering the new children village- that is when Jean and Teisa Nicole joined the White River team.
On July 25th, 2009 the dream became reality! We had a precious celebration service with over 200 people and leaders from the community present. We were so blessed by the presence of God as the first two houses were prayerfully dedicated to God and as the new house parents led the ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Over the years, MCV remains thriving children’s village touching over 100+ children’s lives (we usually have between 18-25 onsite) and seeing several forever families ‘launched’ into their destinies.